Though largely unchanged for 2012, the Infiniti EX35 continues to wow with its pert proportions and punchy performance. It's a bit small on space, but its unique looks make up for that--somewhat.
Not very crossover-looking at all, the 2012 EX35 carries forward the model's steeply raked windshield, arched roofline, and mildly bulging fenders. The overall effect, while still slightly conservative, is stylish and sport in a segment that's often somewhat stodgy. Inside, the styling is austere, but well-finished, with handy controls and elegant details.
Though it's not the stoutest implementation of the Nissan/Infiniti V-6 engine, the 3.5-liter unit mates well with the versatile seven-speed automatic, delivering smooth and strong acceleration. Unlike the 3.7-liter V-6 found in some Infiniti models, the 3.5-liter is smooth and refined, with a throaty, mellow exhaust note. Handling is not quite sedan-crisp, but very good for a crossover. Its standard rear-drive layout gives it a balanced...